35 Shocking Statistics That Prove That Things Have Gotten Worse In America

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Most Americans know that things used to be much better in the United States, but they don’t have the facts and the figures to back that belief up. Well, after reading the shocking statistics in this article nobody should be left with any doubt that things have gotten worse in America.  There are less jobs, incomes are down, home values have plummeted, poverty is up, consumer debt is way up, dependence of the government has skyrocketed and government debt is totally out of control.  Sadly, it hasn’t really mattered which political party has had control over the White House.  Things have gotten worse under Obama, they got worse under Bush, and they got worse under Clinton.  We are in the midst of a horrific long-term economic decline and the American people desperately need to wake up.


The following are 35 shocking statistics that prove that things have gotten worse in America….

#1 Median household income in the United States is down 7.8 percent since December 2007 after adjusting for inflation.

#2 There are 5.6 million less jobs than there were when the last recession began back in late 2007.

#3 The U.S. government says that the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by 17.9 million between 2000 and 2011.  During the entire decade of the 1980s, the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by only 1.7 million.

#4 In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent.  Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

#5 In 2007, 73.2 percent of all young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 that were not enrolled in school had jobs.  Today, that number has declined to 65 percent.

#6 Back in the year 2000, more than 50 percent of all Americans teens had a job.  This past summer, only 29.6% of all American teens had a job.

#7 When Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.

#8 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.

#9 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#10 According to the Obama administration, about 20 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs back in the year 2000.  Today, about 5 percent of all jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

#11 Sadly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.

#12 Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

#13 The U.S. trade deficit with China during 2011 was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#14 About twice as many new homes were sold in the United States in 1965 as are being sold today.

#15 Home prices in the 4th quarter of 2011 were four percent lower than they were during the 4th quarter of 2010.  Overall, U.S. home prices are 34 percent lower than they were back at the peak of the housing bubble.

#16 The total value of household real estate in America has declined from $22.7 trillion in 2006 to $16.2 trillion today.

#17 At the end of 2011, 22.8 percent of all homes in the United States with a mortgage were in negative equity.  That would have been unthinkable a decade or two ago.

#18 Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

#19 Total consumer debt in the United States has increased by a whopping 1700% since 1971.

#20 Since the beginning of 2009, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by more than 90 percent.

#21 The number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.

#22 Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty.  Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#23 In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, 46.5 million Americans are on food stamps.

#24 The U.S. dollar has lost 96.2 percent of its value since 1900.  You can thank the Federal Reserve system for that.

#25 In 1950, the United States was #1 in GDP per capita.  Today, the United States is #13 in GDP per capita.

#26 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

#27 In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7% of all income.  Today, government transfer payments account for more than 18 percent of all income.

#28 Federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

#29 Medicare spending increased by 138 percent between 1999 and 2010.

#30 Back in 1990, the federal government accounted for 32 percent of all health care spending in America.  Today, that figure is up to 45 percent and it is projected to surpass 50 percent very shortly.

#31 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.  It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#32 Right now, spending by the federal government accounts for about 24 percent of GDP.  Back in 2001, it accounted for just 18 percent.

#33 In 2004, the U.S. government had a budget deficit of a little over 412 billion dollars.  This year, the U.S. government will run a budget deficit of over 1.3 trillion dollars.

#34 In 2001, the U.S. national debt was less than 6 trillion dollars.  Today, it is over 15 trillion dollars and it is increasing by about 150 million dollars every single hour.

#35 The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

Unfortunately, these shocking statistics just don’t fully capture the horrible pain that many American families are having to endure in this economy.

A recent USA Today article told the sad story of one unemployed American named Jerome Greene….

Greene, about to turn 50, worked for 16 years as an Oracle software developer, most recently at a Pennsylvania company that made electronic components for cars. When he was laid off in June 2008, the recession was just taking hold, and he still had job interviews. By fall, with the economy in free fall, his phone stopped ringing.

Greene hoped the downturn would be brief and he’d weather it with unemployment benefits.

But the jobless rate hovered above 9% and Greene’s 99 weeks of unemployment expired. He had trouble sleeping. Depression set in. Without health insurance, he took precautions — carrying hand sanitizer and his own pen when doing errands to avoid getting sick and having to pay $65 for a doctor’s visit.

“There’s no room for error,” he says “There’s no extra money.”

Can you imagine going through all that?

Tonight there are millions upon millions of Americans that will struggle to get to sleep as they wrestle with their financial problems.  It is easy to feel as though you have failed when you can’t get a job and can’t provide for your children.  After years of fighting to turn things around, it is hard not to fall into a state of depression.

Unfortunately, our leaders are not fixing any of the long-term problems that are systematically destroying the U.S. economy.

So things are going to get even worse in the years ahead.

Buckle up.

  • William

    At age 64, I can precisely identify when this slide into disaster started. That was the election of Ronnie Raygun in Nov of 1980. Carter’s last annual deficit was less than one billion dollars. Ronnie Raygun came in and cut taxes, and BINGO, for the first time, the federal govt started running annual deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Clinton, a man I do NOT admire, did balance the federal budget, and, at the end of his second administration, there was written comment in major newspspers that the national debt would be paid off by 2014. Then, BINGO, in waltzes the Smirking Chimp and War Criminal Shrub Bush, who gave the nation two tax cuts it could not afford, two unfunded wars based on LIES, and unfunded Medicare Part D. More and more annual deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars. To cap it all off, the Obummer is a total failure, although he did not cause this serious decline……that was the handiwork of the Smirking Chimp Bush. I used to be a Republican. I know the facts. Today, I am an independent, but I will not vote for the Obummer.

    • BARBBF

      I was surprised (and a bit disgusted) to read this some time ago…about how Clinton “balanced” the budget:

      On the surface it might appear he reduced the deficit, but the problem was the deceptive way Clinton accomplished this “sleight of hand” deficit reduction. It’s called “cooking the books.”

      You see, the government keeps two sets of books… One set showed the rosy picture Clinton wanted to paint for the American public. The other set showed the actual mess that really existed for our national debt and deficit reduction. What President Clinton failed to say was his deficit-reduction package would run up almost 1$ trillion in federal debt. This is because the reported deficit does not include monies “borrowed” from trust funds. This despicable gimmick used by the White House and Congress to cover up the huge federal budget deficit was the looting of the Social Security Trust Fund, Medicaid, Civil Service and military retirements funds. This money may very well not be available to many of us when we grow old.

      As for protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, he robbed those coffers to make his deficit appear lower. To make the deficit “appear” lower, the Clinton administration “borrowed” from the Social Security Trust Fund, and borrowed big. The fund dried up years and years ago. Now they borrow directly from your FICA payments to make the deficit appear lower. Futhermore, Clinton dipped into the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to help reduce the deficit.

    • guido

      BARBBF is right. You’re wayyy out in left field. For one, Reagan started to dismantle the Carter years, which were a massive burden on this nation. Remember, that ignorant peanut farmer and his buddies saddled the nation with a maximum 75% tax rate. His weak leadership did nothing good for this nation.
      If you really believe it all started then, you’re sadly far behind the power curve.
      These problems go wayyyy farther back than just a few presidents. You could go back to Carter’s weakness, but that’s small potatoes. You could look to Nixon’s ham-handed leadership, like when he took us off the gold standard. You could go to LBJ’s criminal expansion of government with the Great (Failed) Society, but that’s still not far enough. You could go back to Roosevelt’s awful attempts at fixing the nation, which extended the depression, but even that monster (so bad Congress unanimously changed the Constitution to eliminate another 4-termer) isn’t where it starts. You could go to Wilson, who tried to turn the US into a fascist dictatorship during WWI, and you would have a great point, but he’s not the start, either. Neither was Teddy Roosevelt, who for all his beloved macho charisma was also a big lefty progressive. I think you have to go back to when the nation decided to let wealthy progressive industrialists and other power brokers steer the nation on the road to Empire. I’m not sure the exact point you could stop at, though, since Lincoln did some awful things to put down the South. Look up the thousands of people he imprisoned just for disagreeing with him some time. Some folks would argue he turned the Constitution on its head to keep the South from pursuing its own destiny and that fundamental abrogation of the Constitution began the eventual slide to today. I think that era and the years stretching to the new century where when much of the corruption began to really solidify. Big business blossomed, bought into government, and the Supreme Court recognized corporations as sovereign entities in 1885.
      In any case, I would suggest the unparalleled success we enjoyed after WWII was the drive for our collapse now. We got lazy and tried to grab as much of the good life as possible, even when we couldn’t afford it. I’m not sure if we peaked in the 1960s or 1970s, but ever since I think we’ve been on a gradual slide into collapse. While we may have peaked and started to fall, the 1980s and 1990s and early 2000s we were able to run up our credit cards still pretend we were living the good life and live off the awesome momentum of what our parents and grand parents did after WWII. The feds did everything they could to support us in blowing our savings, since it helped hide the diminishing returns and made them look good. Their greed has been a reflection of our own.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Your stats are dead on but what you fail to mention is why. Most of the growth since the 1980’s has been fueled by debt at first it was credit card debt then the rise in house prices. Not by industrial growth, not in the things we make but in debt. Now since 2008 the only thing that is keeping the ship semi afloat is government debt. That will blow up and the economy will contract to where it should be how bad the contraction will depend on how formally middle class and upper middle class Americans react to poverty.

    • Chris

      You still haven’t spelled it out clearly enough for most folks. What you are seeing is the effect of GLOBALISATION policies supported by both Democrats and Repubs. This has hollowed out the US economy and left it in a position where it needs massive government support and consumer debt and Bernanke money to keep it going. The debt has covered up for the globalisation and wars.

    • Gil

      I heard somewhere that this economic downturn should’ve been happening in the ’80’s (or definitely the ’90’s) but the computer industry bought 20 or so years reprieve.

  • r.bitting

    On christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand….

    • Gary2

      thanks for that more insightful comment. NOT!

      Go and sing your hymns on Michaels other sites.

      • r.bitting

        Not happening Mr. censorship….But keep dreaming!

        • r.bitting

          BTW, Gary, I thank you for encouraging me. reading the hate everyday has served to solidify my resolve to double my efforts here, because in the words of King David ” Is there not a cause? ” Thank you dear friend, may God bless you with the truth.

          • Gary2

            Glad to be of service!

  • Cinderella Man

    Yes I can imagine going through that. Ive been stressing lately about my bills. Im working but the gas is going up, food is going up and my wages are not going up. You were right when you said having a job means “over broke” Michael. There’s too much month at the end of the money for many Americans. We’re just not making it. Today the DOW finally got a dose of reality. I dont know what fantasy world stock brokers live in but I hope now they will realize the party is over. All of us on this site knew this was coming. This is just the start of the correction. I figured the DOW would peak over 13,000 but now I predict that the decline has started. Expect more of this as we get closer to March 8th.

  • mondobeyondo

    There is still a little time left. We can take our country back; get back to where we used to be. The key is, what were we doing 50 years ago that we aren’t doing now? Because apparently the pixie dust was working back then. I’ll leave that up to You The People, and the other folks in the peanut gallery, to figure out what went wrong. If it wasn’t broken in the first place, why did we bother trying to fix it?!

    Apparently, whatever we did back then was much more successful than what we are doing today. as evidenced by the current state of affairs in this nation. Maybe we should try what we did back then, now.

    Whatever that was. I find it’s hard, it’s hard to find. Oh well, whatever. Nevermind.
    Here we are now, entertain us! I feel stupid, and contagious!* (That’s an important clue as to what went wrong, if you think about it.)

    *(Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, 1991)

    and fyi… Teen Spirit was the name of a deodorant for girls made by Mennen. Some of you won’t remember that. That is where the song’s name came from. And now I’m starting to feel old.

    • Chris

      What we had 50 years ago was a massive manufacturing machine making that stopped making bombs, tanks, and guns and started making appliances, cars, and airplanes that were exported around the world. Now we import everything.

      Want to do what we did then? Start a war that involves 30 countries and kills 73 million people. Go read your history!

      • mondobeyondo

        We’ve done even better since then. We’ve started wars against Iraq and Afghanistan that have killed hundreds of thousands of people. We learned a lot from Vietnam, apparently.

      • Birger_Skruddusvingen

        And what did you not have back then? The 1964 Civil Rights Act

  • mondobeyondo

    [Conversation with middle-aged gentleman at bus stop, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2nd, 2012]

    “Hey man, can you spare a dollar in change? I’m trying to get to my girlfriend’s house and I’m short on change…”

    Sorry, bro. I’m broke too. The power company shut off the lights to my house for a few hours last month. Cashed a few savings bonds out of desperation. It worked. Power is now back on.

    “Ain’t nobody got no money around here! My girl is 6 miles away! What am I gonna do, walk?”

    ..Ummm… yeah. Sorry. It’s good for your muscles and metabolism. What else can I say…

    Oooooh. You just struck a nerve, dude.
    You are correct when you say “ain’t nobody got no money around here”. We’re all broke.
    Why are we broke? Because there are no good paying jobs where you can earn money to keep from being broke. So, we are dependent on SNAP, unemployment insurance, and other government assistance to make it through the day.

    There are other reasons why we’re broke. The “system” is working against you. It is not working FOR you. Because you see, the more the government has you under their control, the more they control your life, and eventually you will become a government debt slave. For life. (i.e. Student loan debt, credit card debt, mortgage debt, etc. etc. ad nauseam, ad pukem, ad vomitem…)

    I’m finally beginning to figure it out.

    It will only get worse. And I say this with sadness, because more people than you know are living on the edge. Some of them are not going to make it.

    • DaytoDay

      Good comment Mondo,

      And I thought you liked to come here to be funny?

      Well, you are right… We’re all “feeling the burn” and I got no lotion or sun-screen… So, what can you do? I mean, seriously?

      Michael posts articles about people police officers robbing banks, out of desperation… I mean, what more do people want in order to wake up? Never mind the cold hard facts….

      • mondobeyondo

        I use humor as a defense. It helps to ease the pain of my daily existence. But I can be serious when I have to be.

        One solution is to go into business for yourself, I suppose. The climate for starting your own business in this country isn’t great though. The entrepreneurial spirit has been crushed.

        So – I don’t know. If I were an unemployed cop, I’d Taser myself before I robbed a bank. (Yes, that’s a joke. Don’t try it yourself!)

      • mondobeyondo

        Oh, btw… Thanks for your appreciation as for me being the resident comedian of this site. Hopefully I can make your day (and everyone else’s) a little brighter. I’m no Groucho Marx or Bob Hope, but I’m trying.

        “You can have any house you want! Why, you can even have STUCCO!
        Oh, how you can have stucco!”

        (Groucho Marx, “The Cocoanuts”, 1929. The film is about the 1920’s Florida land boom and bust.)

        • guido

          Mondo, I wish we could have a beer sometime.

  • TK

    Buckle up is right! I know so many business owners that are still in shock from the downturn (if not out of business). If you still have your job, be very thankful, there are literally millions of people in the USA who would love a crack at your job!

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “If you still have your job, be very thankful, there are literally millions of people in the USA who would love a crack at your job!”

      No, N. Americans an W, Europeans can’t and/or do not want to work. We’re to lazy and/or old. Thus we need millions of immigrants; preferably illiterates.

  • 1stVArifleman

    The scariest by far to me are #25, #33, and #34. I can’t believe our GDP per capita is 13th in the world, that undeniably shows how far we have fallen already. Sadly, most people don’t even understand basic economics, so they’ll probably over look that one.

  • W.B.

    Trading with China is going to go down in history as one of the largest mistakes the U.S. ever made.

    They now have our money and jobs, and we have their toxic junk.

  • Virginia

    Good article but your stats are probably much worse than you reported. We need a whole new mind set to survive, learning to do more for ourselves and get back to basics of food, shelter, water. Too much dependence in this country on jobs, healthcare, and education, the things that are failing Americans.

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “We need a whole new mind set to survive,”

      No, rather an old one.

  • W.B.

    Here’s a shocking statistic:

    Nuclear energy plants in the U.S. are being used way past their prime, and their licenses have been extended for another 20 years.

    Imagine driving a 60-year old car; using 60-year old plumbing subject to ridicilous heat, etc.

    It’s frightening.

    • Birger_Skruddusvingen

      “Here’s a shocking statistic:

      Nuclear energy plants in the U.S. are being used way past their prime, and their licenses have been extended for another 20 years.”

      Next stop: Chernobyl.

  • VyseLegendaire

    Extremely hard-hitting statistics there. It’s definitely undoubtable that we are collapsing as a nation. What is really unbelievable is just how many people are totally oblivious to just how far things have fallen, like they prefer living in a dream-like trance where magical promises can come true.

  • MisterC

    Is the picture, at the beginning of the article, a picture of Gary2’s house?

    • Benjik

      I doubt it, tax-payer subsidized housing is MUCH nicer than that…..

  • Richard

    PLEASE, can you learn when to say “less” and when to say “fewer”? “Less” is used for collective nouns (like: money, time, patience, water, etc.) “Fewer” is used for individual, countable entities (like people, jobs, opportunities, etc.)
    Thank you.

  • Gary2wannabe

    Tax the needy to keep us greedy! Tax the healthy to keep us wealthy! Tax Obama for my mama! Tax the poor hard! Socialism has only killed 100 million people since the turn of the 20th century. Give it a chance!

  • jackier

    We are now hearing stats on how many jobs are being created and no longer hearing about how many more are being unemployed. Got to keep up with the good times are rolling along.

  • Chris

    Bearing in mind that the USA is probably the biggest arms supplier on the planet how much of that 5% manufacturing is in the death business?

  • Kevin

    We been on a decline since the mid 1960s when inflation was in an incipient stage with the demise of silver coins being a prime example. Spending on Vietnam and “The Great Society” was the fuel of the inflation of the 1970s and onward. That spending was the reason for going off the gold standard. It’s been downhill ever since.

    “We’re living here in Allentown” has become virtually every town due to a mad rush to export industrial capacity willy nilly to the developing world duty free. That policy started in the 1970s too.

    There was a technological bump with the advent of the PC and internet and a peace dividend with the ending of the cold war: Both were squandered.

    This has been 40+ years in the making and only felt with real pain quite recently. Like cancer the disease was there long before symptoms we’re felt that could not be ignored.

    • Gil

      Yeah right! The real kicker is the internationa; market. The world was mostly closed off in the 1960’s with the U.S. exporting much while China and India languished in Socialism. Now there’s international trade with China and India steadily embracing the free market American workers and companies are facing stiff competition. It’s pretty much a case of “if you can’t beat them join them”. There’s no way an American worker is going to stay in a job against a Chinese worker who’s doing the same work for fraction of the price and resides in a small room with others when not working. Hence if the U.S. was on a gold standard and prices were stable then everyone would be taking harsh pay cuts anyway. In other words, you’d still be losing purchasing power for your time if you still have a job. The harsh reality if a U.S. worker is going to compete with Chinese workers then he has to accept the same pay and conditions. As if things are getting so harsh that it’s either work for a pittance with a room, clothing, water and food provided versus starving on the streets then people might find it a good deal considering.

      • Kevin


        The developed world in general and the US in specific opened up it’s markets duty free. An import duty used to protect the US standard of living from slave labor but unfortunately during the 20th century “We The People” lost effective control of the country. “We The People” were not consulted in this decision because both parties supported “Free Trade” with majority votes. The opinion of “We The People” had zero representation. I suspect the same held true in Europe. There is no way the “Body Politic” of any highly industrialized nation desired the outcome that Free Trade has bestowed upon them.

        For the most part self government is an illusion.

  • Tyler

    Yo guys i think George W Bush was the single greatest president of all time. people all blamin him for katrina can go die. Vote Kony for presodent 2012

  • Gary4

    William, The reason that Clinton was able to balance the budget was massive military cuts and that little stunt where he took money out of SS and replaced it with an IOU. Certainly no credit should be flowing his way either. Otherwise, you are pretty much spot on.

    • Benjik

      Right on, Clinton’s “balanced budget” is mostly attributed to “cooking the books”, for lack of a better term. Although I will admit I really miss the $1.25 gas and abundant jobs of that era.

      • Gary2

        Stop voting conservative then. DUH!

        • Benjik

          That’s a very presumptuous statement, you have absolutely no previous knowledge of my voting record. But since you have shown interest, I’ll tell you. I don’t blindly follow ANY political affiliation, only the grossly misinformed and those that lack independent critical thinking skills will vote solely based on group mentality. I vote for the person, not the party. A candidate’s personal record, ideals, convictions and philosophy mean much more to me than a (D), (R) or (I) after their name, and for the record, I have voted for all three.

    • Gay Veteran

      every president since Reagan have been giving IOUs to Social Security

  • Neil Gillespie

    This is what happens when you bubble the economy with debt, finance wars with debt, bloat the government with debt, and allow the corporations to sell stuff here while they make it elsewhere. The foundation crumbles and the house falls down. When you can’t pay back the debt the bankers and governments start taking your property over. There’s a giant red white and blue pole about ready to be rammed up our collective ________s. You fill in the blank.





    Although you like to use words like shocking to sensationalize your articles, the truth is this: There is nothing shocking about the decline of the amerikan empire. All of the things that you have ever cited have been predicted by various people of all walks of life at one point or another. From the “GIANT SUCKING SOUND” people would hear as jobs were outsourced by NAFTA and other so called “free trade” agreements predicted by Ross Perot to the teabagger and occupy movements predicted by Gerald Celente, these things that you cite are and were completely predictable. Even German historian F William Engdhal predicted that Obama, because of the White House’s pro banker bailout, pro war and pro police state polices would soon be the most hated man in amerika shortly after being sworn into office.

    Sit back and relax. The masses are not going to come to their senses any time soon, as evidenced by the fact that most of the ignorant amerikan majority do not realize that the current 4-5 dollar gas prices (depending on location) are due to the sanctions placed on Iran’s central bank. Just imagine how much pain obomber can inflict on amerikans’ pocket books and wallets with a full scale war on Iran. TEN DOLLAR A GALLON GASOLINE ANYONE?

  • Abby

    Haven’t had a pay raise in 3 years. Gasoline has doubled and other things are going up.



      Yeah, who cares if gas doubles or even triples. We’ll show those ayrabs whose boss. We’ll bomb their countries and take more of their oil. Wait, the asylum states of amerika is already doing that………….

      (tongue in cheek humor, I know the war party truly believes this)

  • Larry

    Here’s a little bit of comparison you might find interesting. Back in 1970, I was working in the carpentry trades, as a service man. I was making an average of $20.00/hr +expenses, and driving a company van. I bought a new Chevy “suburban”, ordered from the factory just the way I wanted it, for $3,600.
    My wife was working on wall street, as a data entry clerk, and was making an average of $15.00 and had excelent health coverage that covered both of us, at a nominal cost. Gas had just increased to the astronomical level of $.50 /gal.

    Today, Gas is over $4.00 a gal., and that same suburban would cost over $35000!
    I am unable to stop working (just happy to still have work) and making $15.50/hr. no benefits. My wife is in a similar job, and makes about $10.00 we both drive 10+year old cars, and if we had not built our house, back when things were good, we’d probably be on the street, or, at best, living in a ramshackle trailer. If property taxes keep going up, we may loose our home too.

    • Gary2

      welcome to the republican world of downward mobility so they can continue to under tax the rich.

      • guido

        Yep, nothing evil happens without a Republican to make it happen. Grow up. Both parties did it and we did it to ourselves.

    • mark

      I can’t see how you made $20 an hour as a carpenter in 1970. In 1978 in the San Francisco bay area union wages were some of the highest in the country, a plumber which was paid more than most in the trades made about 12 to 13 dollars plus benefits of around five dollars. That was good money back then.



      Sorry to hear that. This is the kind of thing that happens to good people because the power elite are so despicably greedy that they will destroy the entire world economy to squeeze out that last nickel……………

  • Now that the federal government has taken over the student loan industry — the rates on student loans are doubling in July 2012 from 3.4% to 6.8%.
    Come on folks — call your congressmen and women — and demand that the feds not be allowed to prey on the most vulnerable in society. Those who want an education to become a productive, responsible citizen of the U.S. but don’t have the finances to do so!
    Again student loan interest rates go from 3.4% in July 2012 to 6.8% — and all that interest goes to the fed.

    • T

      And then we have to tell the Congressional Bastards to quit allowing our jobs to be shipped overseas so those students can have them!!

  • I agree with Facebook comment from “Infowar Battle” on this article. Spot on!

  • Bob

    With regard to points 10 & 11…
    There are some things that are favoring an increase in manufacturing.

    1) Wages in China and India are on the way up, leading to less of a difference between us and them.

    2) Due to rising oil prices, shipping costs are going up. It costs more to order from China.

    3) The US is water rich compared to China and India. Manufacturing requires lots of water.

    4) It is said that we have lots of natural gas for industry to run on.

    The corrupt government just has to stop putting up obstacles for businesses.

  • Piglet

    [Clinton, a man I do NOT admire, did balance the federal budget, and, at the end of his second administration, there was written comment in major newspapers that the national debt would be paid off by 2014.]

    This is the popular myth that Clinton “balanced the budget.” This was only “true” when money collected for Social Security was counted as tax revenue, not something that had to be paid out. Look at the figures on this chart and you’ll see that, in every year of the Clinton administration, the debt grew. Now we’re just doing it on a massive scale.


    And as for the claim that the debt would be paid off by 2014, that is just yet another government lie that no one in government ever had any intention of keeping. For anyone who really believed it, I’ll introduce you to the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

    More here on wading through government lies to find the truth:


  • Kudos American Dream: Another conclusive line item reality check.

    It is impossible to underestimate the depths to which we American’s bury our heads in the sand denying and repressing real threats to our lifestyle, even our very existence. We blithely tune in to Monday Night Football or With the Stars and hope nothing bad will happen.

    Based on decades of experience in the crisis management business worldwide, my current analysis reveals that something super disruptive is coming our way soon. I of course don’t know what but it is indeed a question of when.

    The time to prepare is before an emergency – not during the incident.

    Cordially, Yoda@magnifiedview.com

    P.S. “May you live in interesting times.” Ancient Chinese curse.



      I think we know what is coming over the horizon.

      1. More warfare state genocidal massacres in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Obomber, on his knees and at the command of Bibi Netanyahu and the state of Israel is steadfast in his desire to end the world as we know it. Well, one “good thing” will come out of world war three: The evangelical christians can now get that one way ticket to their heaven that they have always wanted……………

      2. More police state crackdown. No more anti-war protests, the occupy movement had better stay in hibernation for eternity because what they got last fall is nothing compared to what the asylum states government and criminal enforcement goons are going to give them this spring and summer.

      3. More welfare state wall street banker bailouts for jamie dimonator and lloyd “god’s work” blankfein and crushing, brutal austerity measures for the rest of the braindead, “we’ll vote for the war party always no matter how many times they punch us in the face” masses.

      Fasten your seatbelt. Obomber’s second operation fast and furious (world destruction) is well underway…………..

  • Tod

    I’m middle-aged, employed and doing fine. Sometimes I hear others from my generation or older generation state that the employment and/or money problems of the younger generation can be cured by hard work, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, etc. Though that can be true in select individual cases for the cream of the crop, collectively it’s hogwash and I empathize with Gen X and Y.

    Economically, things suck for Gen X and Y, and here’s a simple anecdotal illustration to explain why.

    When I was in college in the mid-eighties, minimum wage was around $3.50/hr, but jobs were EVERYWHERE and it was pretty easy to find unskilled work at $5/hr or more. I loaded trucks on third-shift for $8/hr. That was 27 goddamn years ago – since then prices have easily doubled, for some things tripled or more – and unskilled people today are making about the same as I did back then!!! It’s a shame…. I don’t envy you.

    • mondobeyondo

      You could also buy a lot more with a dollar in the eighties, than you can today. My weekly part time salary at Burger King back in the summer of 1982, was enough to meet my needs. Not live luxuriously by any means, but enough to see “E.T.”, buy some M&M’s and save up for a used car, and some money to move out of Mom and Dad’s place.

      A dollar these days doesn’t buy you jack squat. It takes nearly four dollars to buy a gallon of gas. Just enough to drive yourself and your girlfriend/boyfriend to see “Avatar” at the 50-cent theater, and back home again. Saving for a car or an apartment? Ha ha ha. That’s out the window. People are trying to save for their next meal!!

      What a pity.

  • RKae

    “Fewer jobs,” not “less jobs.”

    “Less” is for an amorphous blob of something: less smoke, less water, less rain.

    “Fewer” is for items: fewer people, fewer animals, fewer states.

    Fewer lakes = less water. Fewer fires = less smoke. Fewer raindrops = less rain.


      Fewer responses = less crap to read from you. :)

  • #3 The U.S. government says that the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by 17.9 million between 2000 and 2011. During the entire decade of the 1980s, the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by only 1.7 million.

    That’s not even counting government workers and politicians either.

  • Fred

    One of the better comment sections I’ve read over the years. Smart people making clear comments and no one screaming at each other. Thanks for intelligently articulating that we’re screwed. We elect politicians and allow them to be accountable to none of us. Where are the mattress police when we need them? Where’s Batman? Ask anyone over the age of 80 what it was like during World War II when they had to stand in line for soap and bread. Ask them about the vouchers they received for one pair of shoes per year. Ask them how many times they had to put sheets of cardboard in said shoes when a hole was worn in the sole of those shoes. My gut tells me we haven’t seen anything yet. Buckle up, indeed.

  • Ryan

    I just wish it would hurry up and collapse already!! I am tired of trying to survive as the dollar and our country goes down the tubes slowly (depends on definition I guess). I am very blessed to have a job but everything is going up, how long will it take to completely run out of money? I wonder that every night as I go to bed in my condo that is getting bigger because I am selling furnature. Just wish something…anything… would happen already! Lets get it over with and go back to hunting our food!

    “If God is for us, who can stand against us?”

  • jsmith

    Yeah, you are all complaining, but how many of you bought an American car? I bet you are driving a Toyota or a Nissan, or a Hyundai.
    By not buying an American car, Detroit is going to the dumps because of unemployment. Now their empty factories and massive unemployment is spreading to us. Get used to it, and go to Chinamart and buy some more junk.
    Oh, your unemployed and hungry? Eat your BMW!

    • Tod

      In the mid-1970’s people began gravitating towards foreign-made cars not for a lack of patriotism, but because American-made cars were ugly and unreliable gas hogs. They were garbage. Period.

      The Big Three took their customers and the marketplace for granted, so car buyers responded by spending their hard-earned money elsewhere.

      It’s a nice cliche jingoistic comment you posted, but I prefer the cold facts.

  • Jack thomsen

    Here in New Mexico – you can get a drivers license without citizenship – and we let enough Latinos into the country that they control the legislature in New Mexico… so no laws against illegals getting drivers licenses.

    Both parties tell us that they are against illegal immigration – but again… there are so many Latinos here now that they are a powerful 30% minority – and they vote their genes.

    Illegals now dominate the trades as well as menial work – it’s not just pool cleaners and landscaping… electricians, roofers, plumbers – have to compete with uninsured, Mexicans, and Hondurans, El Salvadoreans – there is no way to compete with crews that don’t pay workmans comp or insurance. It’s a downward spiral – and our government is controlled by demographics.

    Regular Americans – yes, white Americans are now the enemy. We really do need a revolution.

    I am no longer a loyal American – I’m just an overpaid interloper awash in a world of cheap migrant help.


      Jack thomsen,



      President – Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, Half White Male, Barack Obomber
      vice President – Joey Biden
      Secretary of defense – Leon Panetta
      Treasury Secretary – Timmy Geithner
      CIA director – King David Petraeus
      Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff – Martin Dempsey

      You can sprinkle a woman here and a minority office holder there, but the bottom line is white males control most the positions of power that count.

      And trust me, who do you think gave the money for your poor governor susana martinez to get elected? Safe bet to say, corporations who are mostly controlled by white males.

      Sorry, Jack. You have one entity to blame for this:

      1. republican wing of the war party (cheap labor, more ceo profits)

      2. democrat wing of the war party (cheap votes, no one else cares for them)

      The war party controls the government, they have the money, they make the rules. My suggestion: Move some place where it snows, therefore giving you more “whiter” surroundings.

      • mondobeyondo

        And who do all those people answer to ultimately?

        It’s supposed to be the American people. They work for us. We hired them in the last election. Everything we’ve seen from these people in the past 2-3 years, indicates they do not have our best interests in mind. They are no leaders. In fact, they’re helping themselves to the banquet table, stealing our sweat and labor. They’re taking the steak, the lobster, the cream puffs, the hot dogs and Mom’s apple pie. And the Big Macs. And the bread crumbs and the grains of wheat that are left over, too. The people are left with nothing, and yet they are still expected to work just as hard and produce just as much as before, so the “big wigs” can continue their party! (That’s why so many of the working poor are on food stamps…!!)

        If it sounds vaguely familiar, it should. It reminds me of the chapter in Exodus where Pharaoh orders the Hebrew slaves to make more bricks with less straw. (I don’t know it from memory, have to look it up or Google it.) It’s pretty much the same situation. One thing’s for certain though, Barack Obama is no Moses.

        Are our so called “leaders” for real? They, and their media cronies want us to believe 2 plus 2 = 22. Recovery is at hand! The recession is over! Homeland Security is keeping us safe from terrorists! We know better.



          I disagree. If you and the masses truly know better, then there is no logical way for Obomber, spit romney, eye-of-newt gingrich, prick santorum, or any other warmonger from either wing of the war party could possibly end up as president 20 Jan 2013.

          If either of this mass killers ends up taking the oath of office in 2013 then that clearly tells any logical thinking person with two brains cells to rub together that the population DOES NOT “KNOW BETTER”.

          • mondobeyondo

            Wish I could be more optimistic, but…there aren’t any other people to choose from, unfortunately. Except one.

            There IS one guy, named Ron Paul, who can offer some hope. But he’s been declared virtually unelectable, and “crazy” by most of the mainstream media and, in turn, the public.

            So I guess it’s down to Romney and Obama in November…

  • Adrian

    This video explains everything! So stop Arguing and watch it, cause it ain’t the Dems or the Reps that are responsible but it’s the ROTHSCHILDS!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary2

    I heard a new term for what is happening to jobs in America-Chinia-fa-cation! No explanation needed.

  • Informer

    Not to say what is happening is good but it is deservent.
    This all is the consequence of emperial thought and political corruption . But more then that this is the consequence of US actions against millions of humans who’s life and sanctity were destroyed by US mind set of super power and domination. What is happening in US is not even 1 percent of what millions around the world r going through because of US actions in past.
    Pray that this doesn’t get worst.

  • Suzanne

    So many people have been unemployed for a long time they either get depressed or get going… Start a small business, get productive and feel good about yourself while supporting your family. You don’t need $300,000 to buy into a franchise and open yet another Subway… My Husband and I got our business off the ground for under $200 and so can you. http://www.srcareers.com Check it out and tell your friends. It feels good to be doing something productive again.



      Legitimate business under 200 dollars? Ponzi-schemes don’t count…………

    • mondobeyondo

      Hi Suzanne! I’m game!
      How many envelopes do I have to lick and stamp each week?

  • I’m 53 yrs. old. I lost my job after 24yrs. of service to this company,they laid me off because they could get mexicans cheaper. This is the rich white man,who only cares about the money. He forgets the men who made him rich.There is no compasion for the middle class who made the rich,richer.Soon there will be nomore middle class.What happened to the american dream?The rich white man took it away.They don’t care if I lose my home because I can’t make the payments or if I lose my car because I can’t make payments,or if I use all my savings trying to servive.They bring in all these illegal immagrants from mexico,alot of them people get in trouble go back to mexico then in a couple months they come back,they hire them back.We real americans suffer.the white man is killing me financally because of all this.Oh I could go on and on how the american people are getting screwed by the government of the U.S.A. it sux.I lost everything I worked my whole life for,my kids love their dad, but somehow I feel I failed them.the white man is sucking the life out of white boys like me.I’m pissed but my hands are tided it sux.I’m trying to start over with not much luck.

  • Hondo Austin

    Things are much worse… I say that from what I see now in comparison to what I saw as a younger man in the 50’s and 60’s…. If a man does not have a JOB or a way to provide income to support himself and family he falls into dispare and see a lot of that now. The government is lying to us about the unemployment figures they now put out as the method of accounting was number rigged under President Clinton compared to previous years…. the true unemployment compared to the 70’s is now about 19%….
    In the 60’s at anytime I had my choice of getting at least five 5 jobs open and available for me at any time… this was during the big construction boom on the East coast… those days are over…

  • Robert

    These statistics and republican BS disgust me. You have no idea how stupid it would be to elect Gov. Romney for president. His policy doesn’t guarantee any improvements over Obama because he literally doesn’t have a plan. Obama and the democrats have tried so hard to improve the economy (eg the Bowles Simpson plan, a BIPARTISAN debt commission) and yet tea partiers such as Paul Ryan vote it down so they can say “Obama hasn’t improved America.” If the democrats had a majority in the house of reps. you wouldn’t have had a reason to complain because the economy would be recovering, the deficit shrinking.
    This is republican BS.